This is the full 2-10-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we take a look the current status of the debate around immigration reform and the movement for immigrant rights. There has been much discussion in the mainstream press as of late that after several setbacks in the past couple years, 2014 could be the year that we see comprehensive immigration reform. But what does this really mean? For one, much of the seeming optimism that something will happen legislatively seems to be wishful thinking. Many of those in the immigrant rights movement who were expecting immigration reform to feature prominently in President Obama’s state of the union address a couple weeks ago were disappointed when the topic only received brief mention in the President’s speech. And though the key point of the president's speech was the use of executive authority, there was no suggestion that he would use his executive authority in regards to protecting immigrants from deportation. Several Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, despite having released their own so called “blueprint for immigration reform” just over a week ago, have declared their opposition to anything moving forward this year. But what is far more important is that what is being described as “immigration reform” by both parties, Democrats and Republicans, is mostly about new draconian anti-immigrant law enforcement and very little about improving the lives of the over 11 million undocumented workers in this country.
On today’s program we will hear from Oscar Chacon, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC), about his assessment of the current state of immigrants rights in this country.
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